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Buttermere and haystacks guided walking day with landscape photography tuition

Friday 22nd march 2019

Join like minded photographers and fellow lovers of the beautiful Lake District on a fully guided tour of the Buttermere valley and Haystacks. This day is perfect for beginner landscape photographers who are still shooting in auto and want to learn to take full control over their camera. We will look at using your camera in aperture priority and full manual, learn about composition, focusing techniques and methods, shooting in Raw over jpeg and generally have a great day out in the fells. The group numbers are limited to 4 so that you get the most out of the day

The day will start in Buttermere at 9:00am where we will have a briefing and spend an hour going over where you are on your photography journey and if there’s anything in particular you would like help with. We will also go over a few camera settings so everyone knows how to operate and change modes on their cameras before we head out, for this it is advisable that you bring your camera instruction manual along with you.  

We will aim to be walking by 10:30, where we will head around the shores of Buttermere with some great opportunities for some shots over the lake towards Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. We will then head through Burtness Wood and up Scarth Gap and onto Haystacks, where we will have lunch and also have plenty of time to go over some landscape photography techniques and methods around the numerous tarns around Haystacks.

We will carry on walking around and on to Fleetwith Pike summit where we will photograph some stunning views down the Buttermere Valley. By 5pm we will head down to Wanscale Bothy where we will hopefully be rewarded with a spectacular sunset over Buttermere and Crummock Water.

We will then head down by head torch where we will will have a debrief and a crash course in post processing and also a well deserved pie and pint!

Whats included

  • Fully guided tour with a qualified mountain leader and landscape photographer

  • Landscape photography tuition

  • Crash course in post processing

  • Head torches for our walk back after sunset

What to bring

  • Camera, tripod and any lenses and filters you may have. You don’t need a top end DSLR as long as your camera has use of full manual modes

  • Camera manual

  • Rucksack and walking gear e.g. boots and wet weather gear

How fit do i need to be?

You will need a good general level of fitness to cover around 8 miles with about 700 meters of ascent carrying camera gear. We won’t be rushing at all and the pace will be nice and leisurely with plenty of rest stops and photography opportunities along the way.